The whole world loves a cookie, and you’ll find some version of this sweet treat in practically every culture’s culinary tradition. Whole Foods Market celebrates this global obsession with a tasty new addition to its bakery: the International Cookie Bar. Locations in Tulsa and Oklahoma City offer a rotating selection of freshly baked, globally influenced treats for patrons to mix and match to their hearts’ content.
The collection primarily features recipes originating in Europe and the Americas. The Scottish shortbread cookie plays a starring role, with variations including pecan, pistachio, green apple and the delightfully delicate lemon lavender. Italy contributes the ricciarelli, the fig-filled cuccidati, pignoli and amaretti. There are also variations on the German spritz and the wedding cookie – apparently Whole Foods doesn’t wish to weigh in on the origin of this pastry, which at least a dozen countries claim as their own.
Whole Foods’ Tulsa marketing specialist, Lorah Gerald, says the response from customers has been enthusiastic.
“Guests love to pick what they want and to buy as much or as little as they want,” she says.
She adds that Tulsa patrons are partial to the chocolate crinkle, chocolate chip shortbread and the crispy sandwich hazelnut varieties.
The International Cookie Bar is available at both Oklahoma Whole Foods locations: 1401 E. 41 St. in Tulsa and 6001 N. Western Ave. in Oklahoma City. Cookies are $9.99 per pound.